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Mach 10 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Mach 10Mach 10

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pass through the event horizon with this IPA2. American Cascades meld a citrus blast with spicy English First Golds. Savor an intense hoppiness, smooth bitterness and subtle malt character. Prepare to go hypersonic!

100+ IBU

Added by MisterClean on 09-26-2008

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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 458
Photo of Big_V
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep orange. Not much on the nose. Little citrus. A little sweet upfront followed by hops and citrus. Nice mouthful. Would buy again but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bear Republic pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Spicy, kinda fruity, citrus, a little caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Floral, citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, peppery spice, pine, some fruity notes, some caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Just a little heavier than medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite offering from them, but still solid stuff.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty with a crazy intense bitterness on the finish.
Ultra bitter finish with some hints of tropical flavor. I don't care for the aftertaste but I wonder how much is that due to the Bear Republic flavor profile yeast.

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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange-amber with a thick cap of foamy off-white head. Great retention and small sticky lacing. The aroma is a little light, with just light whiffs of piney hops, a little spice and a hint of malt. The taste is much more hopped, with pine and spice battling it out. The malt sneaks in, though, adding just enough balance. The body is lighter and there's a nice peppery tingle throughout.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 1FH, hazy, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, yeast, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, lingering, astringent, clean, light, refreshing.

VALUE - $8 for 10-oz draft. OK.


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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orange body with large head and left lace patches down glass. A juicy, citric, floral hop aroma and touch of sweetness in aroma. Beer is medium bodied, citric, floral, piney hopped and grapefruit/tangerine sweetness with moderate dry bitterness. Tad sticky on finish and proper hint of booze in finish.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold and hazed, big fat head of off-white will leave some trails down the glass

S: big fruity bouquet packing with potent floral and citric aromas

T: smash in the mouth of flavors, accompanied by a big bitterness bill - tropical and orchard fruit elements

F: softy but big - medium-full-bodied, somehow manages to stay tight and on-point - nothing sloppy here

O: truly delicious drinking - juicy and wet, massive bitterness, great feel and finish.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
2.57/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard glass.

Appearance: pretty standard DIPA color. Perhaps a little darker than typical. Limited head retention.

Smell: non-existent, uh oh. This is literally odorless

Taste: front is a mild dose of floral and maybe a vague bit of stone fruit. Almost non existent flavor. Then the bitterness takes over. Just tons of English hops and C American hops that are adding no interesting flavors, just astringent bitterness.

Overall: I've never had a bad Bear Republic beer. This is awful. Have to drain pour it. I'm thinking there was a shipping issue in the heat that skunked this beer. Tastes like a homebrew where you boiled a gazillion low quality hops for 3 hours and that was it. Just bitterness and nothing else. Miserable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one has an interesting hop bill, at least in terms of a Double IPA- American Cascade and English First Gold. I definitely expect this to taste different than the typical juice bomb or pine bomb.

This one pours a hazy orange-ish amber, looks like a dark orange leaf in autumn. There's a persisting foamy white head, about half an inch, with a good amount of lacing.

This one smells super spicy, with grass and black pepper, a good floral character, and some grapefruit and mango.

This has a super intense, almost searing bitterness, that lingers pretty hardcore throughout the session. This has a tiny bit of sweet malt, and no alcohol burn, which is nice. There's a really killer spicy hop presence, peppery, zesty, and grassy, which is the Cascade speaking quite loudly. There's some bitter grapefruit rind, some sweet orange, and a some spicy almost rye-like bread flavors. This is super intense, and is basically the definition of a kick in the teeth.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, but not too much. It's a slow sipper, due to the intensity of flavors. I don't usually include this sort of fact in my reviews, but a bomber of this got me quite warm and practically drunk. This one seemed to hit harder than other DIPAs of similar strength.

This was quite excellent, and possibly the best IPA I've had from Bear Republic.

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Photo of Absolut
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an light orange with an offwhite head. Smells and tastes of malt with a hint of citrus. Given some of their other IPAs I was underwhelmed. too malt forward for a DIPA

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber right into my mouth on the Amtrak train from NYC Penn Station to Trenton, NJ. "Look" rating is an estimate. Thoroughly enjoyed this one from Beat Republic. Great companion for the train ride. I'll need to have this one again, maybe a side by side with Racer X.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop characteristics that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine/snifter glass

A - A nice light blood orange color (beautiful hues), tiny bubbles and a nice one finger off white frothy head

S - Very pungent fruit, loud sugar, nice booze, over ripe pineapple, subtlety sexy hops, smooth pine, slight earthy wood, very floral, tons of malt, slight baking yeast and slightly grainy

T - Pineapple, roses, huge hops (smacks you in the mouth), tons of sugar, nice easy booze, not very yeasty, some pine, grass, a bit dank, grains and the overflow-eth

M- medium plus body, little carbonation, ok complexity, decent balance and a huge plus long hoppy/sugary/malty finish

D/O - Very drinkable for anytime of day and any season of the year. This is for the hop heads. If you're a balanced IPA drinker this one only slightly balances at the end but not much. A good slice of pizza, hot dog or some BBQ goes with this one.

Final Thoughts - It is still hard for me to wrap $8 for a 22oz around my head when you can get some excellent beers for at max $15 a sixer. Yet, this is one to give a try. A score of 88 (200+ reviewers) is a bit low, but again the hops are a huge component in this IPA.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber (presumably quite fresh) into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: very clear pale orange, dinged for an almost complete lack of head.

Smell: 50% mint tea, 50% new-wave citrus-forward hops.

Taste: mint/cilantro, grass, grapefruit, lime, something savory (like grilled meat). Off the beaten path, but very enjoyable.

Feel: a tiny bit oily, but good medium mouthfeel, and not too dry.

Overall: I'll be picking up more of this. A lot of flavors and a bit challenging, so if you're looking for a super-sweet tropical fruit bomb, look elsewhere.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear and striking copper with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left some intricate lace on the glass. The nose is piney and hoppy. The malt and hop flavors are present in a balanced combination but there is just nothing extraordinary about this offering. There is also a semi-sour bite from the alcohol that is slightly unpleasant.

This is a fine and perhaps even above average DIPA. However, it pales in comparison to Racer X or even Apex.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head for a bar pour. Sticks around throughout the tasting. It also leaves a blanket of lace. Dark gold and nearly clear.

Mild, but appealing fresh, floral hop aroma. A bit caramel (crystal) malt as the secondary nose. Pleasant blend.

The malt comes out more strongly in the taste. There's a bit of sweetness with an I fermented malt touch. Comes across like an amber with a solid bitter hop kick in the swallow. Full bodied with an average carbonation level. The aftertaste is bittersweet but more bitter than sweet.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in Healdsburg. orange color, decent head. Smells hoppy, alcohol, malts. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter but not quite a west coast and the alcohol is very apparent. Overall I was expecting to like this a lot but Apex is so much better. In fact the fresh Racer 5 on tap blew this away.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Impressive orange\amber pour. Cloudy, and with a high white foam. Sticky lacing webs the tulip glass.

S - Scent of fresh pine, flowers, and an interesitng blend of hops. It is certainly different.

T - There is some initial sweetness, but it quickly changes to a medley of a bitter hoppy bite. This is a treat for true hop-heads.

M - Sticky feel that coates the tongue. Hoppy feel is intense, but did get a little tired.

O - Enjoyable DIPA that paired well with spicy food. Worth trying but is not quite on par with the noteworthy west coast examples of this style.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

As advertised, this brew is a translucent hue of gold and apricot, with a sizable half-inch off-white head that leaves a ton of caked-on lacing. It's really a very pretty beer, and I almost don't want to drink it, but I must, for science! The nose is quite hoppy, with an undertone of grapefruit and grassy pine. Sweet caramelized malts appear after the initial barrage of hops, along with a very minimal tinge of booze on the back end.

A slightly sweetish note to start on the initial sip, which is quickly quenched by a big blast of hoppy bitterness. I've had bitterer brews before, but this is definitely living up to its touted description. Notes of pine resin and quite a bit of citrus accentuate the bitterness and provide a smooth contrast to the subdued, but substantial malt character. Booziness is detectable on the finish, but doesn't really detract from the drinkability, thanks in part to a lush, near-full-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is just-so, enough to support the tenuous spiciness.

After having had Altered Beast by the same brewery, Mach 10 was up against some admittedly stacked odds. And while it didn't exactly come close to matching its tastier brother, it is still a very, very good beer that hopheads and bitterbombers will enjoy very much.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy amber, nice off white head, low carbonation, head fades to a covering quickly and leaves some lacing.

S - Light citrus and alcohol.

T - Boozy, alcohol up front and throughout. The citrus hops are there, but not a whole lot of hop flavor when compared to the bitterness and the alcohol. There is a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor in the middle, but finishes with alcohol.

M - Nice moderate body, that ends resinous and bitter. Some carbonation would help clean it up.

O - I love Bear Republic, I do not love this beer. Could really use some more hop aroma and flavor. I can forgive the carbonation because it was a growler...carbonation is also dependent on the server. Not their best beer or a great example of an American IIPA.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the ginger man in NYC- poured a slightly hazy golden orange color with a half finger white head; decent retention and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is very enticing- I smell piney hops and black tea (not unsimilar to sorachi ace). Nice bready malt sweetness with a bit of warming alcohol on the waY down. Excellent taste and perfectly balanced.

Surprisingly quaffable- good medium body with moderate carbonation. Buy if you find it!!

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Photo of afrokaze
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 3/2/12 at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Never seen a DIPA that looks like this one - a hazy golden orange that looks thick like mango nectar and glows in the light. Looks beautiful topped with a finger of dense head and lively carbonation, good lacing.

Smells of concentrated citrus: orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, mango, melon, and some dank & floral notes. A bit of light breadiness and the ABV is hardly noticeable at all up front.

Hard to pinpoint but there is definitely something unique going on with the malt and hop bill. Lots of citrus like grapefruit, apricot and peaches mix with earthy and spicy English style hops and a notable amount of English-inspired malt - light bready and cracker notes with a bit of subdued sweetness.

Malt is even more evident in the mouth - sweet and creamy at first in a way that makes it more filling than a typical DIPA, but it still finishes fairly dry and with a lingering bitterness that you feel on the tongue, but not sticky at all. ABV becomes more evident after it warms but doesn't ever detract from the experience.

A really interesting DIPA that blends west coast and English character into a compelling experience. A big bitter beer that is utterly drinkable and refreshing, it took some effort to pace myself because I was enjoying it so much! Hope this makes it into a bottle one day soon.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Gingerman, NYC:

A: Nice looking, dark IPA, modest head and lacing.

S/T: This is perhaps the booziest and maltiest of all the Bear Republic Imperial IPAs that I've had to date. It was almost like an American version of an English-style barleywine, given the huge presence of the West Coast hops.

M: Nice, creamy body. Relatively middle of the road.

O: Unlike anything I've ever had before from Bear Republic, but still a winner. It was not what I was expecting, given the the Racer X, Apex, and their others, but I think it serves a place in the BR library.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a mug at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Yes, it's hoppy and malty, but not hoppy enough for a DIPA. I guess I'd call it more of a blond American barleywine. The barley felt thick, even for a 9% beer, and wasn't particularly distinct. It was more of an overly-sweet caramel bread with a little toast. The hops don't stand out enough. The spicy citrus hops are balanced on par with a pale ale. Even if there's 100+ IBU, they're getting lost. I shouldn't get too down on this beer, it's tasty and something different for the style. I just want less sugar and more hops.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves dense lace.

s - sweet malt and fruity hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange, pine and blackberry.

T - thick malt up front with lots of fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine in the middle. More sweet malt and pungent hops as the finish washes over the palate with strong bitterness.

M - medium thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very good, complex hop character, lots of malt to balance. Despite the high IBUs, it is balanced and quite drinkable.

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Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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